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My granddad, the Bengali peddler: An African-American writer finds her roots
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My granddad, the Bengali peddler: An African-American writer finds her roots

In 1896 a Bengali Muslim man married a Black Catholic woman in New Orleans. In 2013 his granddaughter comes to Hooghly, India and finds she's part of a lost network of turn-of-the-century chikan embroidery peddlers who sold the exotic Orient to fascinated Americans a century ago.